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2012 Superhero Census Update

Rogue, Wolverine, Cyclops, Beast, Kitty Pryde, Namor, Emma Frost, Storm, Magneto, and other X-MenI just want to give a quick update on the status of my 2012 Superhero Census.

All of the raw data has been collected. It’s a massive amount and information and includes roughly 250 characters that appear across more than 300 individual comics.

Right now, I’m having a few associates proof the collected sex, race, and sexual orientation of all the characters. I’m also working out the best way to display the data. Once I get all the finer points ironed out I’ll publish a series of post examining the results so make sure to stay tune!

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Rick Remender, the Mutant Oppression Metaphor, and the ‘M-Word’

Captain America, Wolverine, Thor, Havok, Rogue, Wasp, Scarlet Witch, Wonder Man, SunfireIn Uncanny Avengers #5, writer Rick Remender included a speech advocating cultural assimilation and the abandonment of a minority’s cultural identity. Needless to say, this has caused a bit of an uproar.

Before we get to the speech, here’s a little background.

For decades, mutants have served as an oppression metaphor in Marvel comics. The term “mutant,” unlike the derogatory “mutie” or “freak,” is the culturally accepted term used to refer to an individual who naturally develops (i.e. is born with) active or latent superhuman abilities. These individuals are largely marginalized and discriminated against. Continue reading ‘Rick Remender, the Mutant Oppression Metaphor, and the ‘M-Word’’

LGBTQ Superhero Marriage Equality Memes (Vol. 2)

Stormwatch’s Apollo and Midnighter Kissing

‘Stormwatch’s’ Apollo and Midnighter Kissing

I enjoyed making the first batch of LGBTQ superhero marriage equality memes so much that I decided to do another. Plus, as Baby Nightsoil pointed out in the comments, there are a few major same-sex comic book couples that I overlooked in the first round.

Just like last time, if there’s one you like, please feel free to pass it around, use it as your profile pic, etc. but please include a link back to my site. Continue reading ‘LGBTQ Superhero Marriage Equality Memes (Vol. 2)’

LGBTQ Superhero Marriage Equality Memes

Andy Khouri's Batwoman and The Question marriage equality meme

Andy Khouri’s Batwoman and The Question marriage equality meme

Shamelessly inspired by Andy Khouri’s excellent Batwoman and The Question marriage equality meme, I’ve decided to make a few of my own.

I considered making my own Batwoman meme, but ultimately decided that Khouri’s was perfect and I should just focus on some other LGBTQ superheroes.

If you see one you like, please feel free to use it as your profile pic, pass it around, etc. If you do, a link back would be appreciated. Continue reading ‘LGBTQ Superhero Marriage Equality Memes’

Support Women and Minorities in Comics and Pre-Order These Books (Vol. 2)

Due to the nature of the comic industry, a pre-order helps to sends a stronger message to a publisher than a simple sale. That’s why if we want to see more diversity in comics it’s important to support books with strong female and minority characters with a pre-order.

Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, and Spider-Woman of Avengers Assemble

Avengers Assemble #9 by Kelly Sue DeConnick with art by Stefano Caselli

Since there are so many shakeups happening at Marvel thanks to Marvel NOW! I decided that now is the perfect time to highlight a few Marvel projects that I’m pre-ordering and tell you why you should too.

Avengers Assemble #9 (Marvel) – As of issue #9 (out last week) Captain Marvel scribe Kelly Sue DeConnick has taken over as the writer of Avengers Assemble. The first issue is great. It’s well-written, genuinely funny, and it quintessentially feels like the Avengers. Plus, aside from two issues co-written by Anne Nocenti in 1984, this makes DeConnick the first woman to write an ongoing Avengers book! Continue reading ‘Support Women and Minorities in Comics and Pre-Order These Books (Vol. 2)’

The Avengers Vs X-Men: What it Could Have Been

Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man and crew against Cyclops and the X-MenIt’s safe to say that I had mixed feelings when Marvel first announced Avengers Vs. X-Men. As readers of this site will know, I prefer my comic books to contain a little more depth than who can hit who the hardest.

If this was simply going to be a fight book, part of me respected their truth in advertising.

But now that it’s over, I can finally say: good riddance.

The vast majority of the book was completely unnecessary. Kind of like putting Captain America or Thor in repulsor armor… which they did. Continue reading ‘The Avengers Vs X-Men: What it Could Have Been’

Thanks for Trying, Jonathan Hickman

Jonathan Hickman's New Avengers #1 coverI should start by saying that I have enjoyed the limited amount of Jonathan Hickman’s writing that I have read and I am looking forward to his run on New Avengers as part of Marvel Now.

However, I have to call him on what he recently said about his new lineup:

“By the time we get to 22 characters on the book, twelve are either female or minority, and we feel like we’ve accomplished what we’ve set out to do, which is a book that looks like the [real] world.”

Sorry Mr. Hickman, but it doesn’t seem like you know anything about demographics. Continue reading ‘Thanks for Trying, Jonathan Hickman’

Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the X-Men (Part 3 of the Six Month Superhero Census)

Cyclops, Storm, Emma Frost, Magneto, Namor, Danger, Colossus, MagikPlease note that this is the final part of my quantitative six month superhero census. To read it from the beginning, see Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the Justice League (Part 1 of the Six Month Superhero Census).

Also, please note that the following information is part of a larger year-long superhero census. This data is only reflective of X-Men comics (all ongoing titles, one-shots, and miniseries) released from January to June of 2012. Continue reading ‘Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the X-Men (Part 3 of the Six Month Superhero Census)’

Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the Avengers (Part 2 of the Six Month Superhero Census)

Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, HawkeyeThis is part 2 of my six month superhero census. To check out the demographic of the Justice League and to start at the beginning of series, go to Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the Justice League (Part 1 of the Six Month Superhero Census).

As previously stated, this is part of a year-long superhero census but the following information only reflects data gathered from January through June of 2012.  It includes Avengers members from not only The Avengers but also from all other Avengers titles, one-shots, and miniseries. Continue reading ‘Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the Avengers (Part 2 of the Six Month Superhero Census)’


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